In-Depth Chart: QB

"If the pocket breaks down, I like to get on the edge and make something happen. And if that means run five or 10 yard in the red zone or if that means escape a little bit and hit an open receiver, that's just something that I like doing," said Proctor.

First Team: RS Will Proctor (6-2, 205)
Resume: Finished last season completing 18-of-31 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and was instrumental in wins over Texas A&M and Duke. Added 14 rushing attempts for 47 yards and a score. Also completed 18-of-23 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the 2005 Spring Game, establishing the school record for passing yards in a spring game.

Forecast: Many believe that Proctor is a better fit than his predecessor Charlie Whitehurst in Rob Spence's offense because of his mobility. Although largely inexperienced (has just one career start), he should step right in with the first team with little difficulty. Is also a vocal leader that will command respect in the huddle.


Will Proctor


Second Team: RS Cullen Harper (6-3, 215)
Resume: Completed 1-of-2 passes for 15 yards in the Duke game last year. Showed tremendous improvement early in the spring before leveling off. In his most impressive performance of spring practice, Harper completed 8-of-9 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown the week before the Orange & White game.

Forecast: Harper remains as the clear No. 2 quarterback entering the start of fall practice. Like Proctor, he has decent mobility. Should see playing time against Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech and Temple this season.


Cullen Harper


Third Team: RS Tribble Reese (6-4, 200)
Resume: Has yet to throw a pass in a game but showed steady improvement during spring practice. Enters fall practice as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart. Not quite as mobile as Harper or Proctor.

Forecast: Reese could see spot duty this year against the weaker teams on the schedule, but continues to look up to Harper and Proctor on the depth chart.


Tribble Reese


Fourth Team: RF Michael Wade
Resume: Completed 113 of 222 passes for 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Riverside High School. Also rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns.

Forecast: Athletic and has good speed. Throws an accurate ball and throws well on the run, but will redshirt his freshman year with three quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart.


Michael Wade


Bold Prediction: Proctor throws 2,000 yards, rushes for another 400 and accounts for 20 touchdowns, helping lift Clemson to win 10 wins in the process. Harper sees spot duty and begins to prepare to battle star recruit Willy Korn for the starting quarterback position in 2007.

Question Mark: For all the talk about Proctor and his mobility, the one thing that remains unknown is how he will respond after throwing his first interception or making his first big mistake. His demeanor suggests he'll have no problems, but with just one career start under his belt, experts are anxious to see how he responds as the fulltime starter.

Quote to Note: "If the pocket breaks down, I like to get on the edge and make something happen. And if that means run five or 10 yard in the red zone or if that means escape a little bit and hit an open receiver, that's just something that I like doing. I like bringing my athleticism to the field as part of my game." -- Will Proctor on how his mobility can help Clemson's offense this season.

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